Downtown Johnson City to host several Christmas events this weekend

Courtesy of City of Johnson City

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – We’re just weeks away from Christmas, but who says you can’t celebrate a little early?

There are several events happening this weekend in downtown Johnson City that will put you in the holiday spirit.

On Friday, News Channel 11’s Josh Smith was there for the Christmas Tree Lighting at the plaza on Buffalo Street, that started at 6 p.m. Indian Trail Intermediate School’s 6th grade chorus performed at the event.

On Saturday, the Johnson City Christmas Parade will start at 11:30 a.m. in downtown Johnson City. The parade will travel down West Walnut Street to Buffalo Street, will turn right on Main Street to Colonial Way, then take a left on State of Franklin Road, where it will end at Legion Street.

Some familiar faces from News Channel 11 will be walking and driving in the parade, so be sure to wave to us and say hello.

Following the parade, Whoville Village will take over the Pavilion at Founders Park from 1-3 p.m. Several community organizations will be on-hand with kids activities, which includes pictures with the Grinch.

Food trucks will also be at the Whoville Village.

Event officials are asking community members to pay it forward by bringing new gloves, toboggans or scarves to be donated to those in need. Donation bins will be set up at the pavilion.

The following are other scheduled events happening in downtown Johnson City this month:

  • December 3: Prohibition for the Paws Guys and dolls, wear your finest 1920’s glad rags at the party of the year, benefitting the Washington County Animal Shelter. Tickets are $60 each or $100 a couple. Enjoy prohibition style cocktails and a 1920’s specialty brew, great hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants, live music with Big Band Theory, silent auction and more. Sponsored by Tennessee Hill Distillery.
  • December 2 & 3: Insta•Crafty The event will feature a catered First Friday opening on December 2, 5-8 pm, followed by an all-day Saturday shopping experience, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Local crafters will give you the opportunity to purchase handmade items at the pop-up shop. Located in the JC Penney building on Main Street.
  • December 6: Downtown Loft Tours Self-guided tours of some fantastic living spaces that are available downtown. Stop by the lobby of King’s Centre to pick up your map, and check out urban living options from 5-8 p.m. If you have ever wondered what it would be like to live downtown, this is your opportunity.
  • December 8: Holiday Stroll Downtown merchants welcome you on this special evening of shopping. Make it a girl’s night out or grab the spouse and show each other what is on the top of your Christmas wish list. Merchants will be open until 8 p.m. on Thursday evening. Several will offer snacks or drinks as well.
  • December 2-10: Shop Downtown, Shop Local Downtown merchants will have extended hours these days and would love to show you all the unique and specialty merchandise in their stores. Our local merchants have worked hard to fill their shelves with local, hard to find or handcrafted items. We have some wonderful stores, now is the time to explore downtown Johnson City.

For more information, visit

For drivers traveling through downtown Johnson City this weekend, Buffalo Street at State of Franklin and the 200 and 300 blocks of Main Street will be closed from 5 p.m. on Friday to 6 p.m on Saturday.

The Northeast State Downtown Center parking garage is open for free public parking every weekend and is recommended for parking on Friday and Saturday.

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